George HW Bush Openly Criticizes Trump in New Book

The New York Times is reporting that a new book reveals the very low esteem in which former President George H.W. Bush holds current President Donald Trump, breaking an unwritten code of conduct among former presidents, who despite political differences, rarely speak ill of one another.

The comments come two weeks after George W. Bush warned of divisiveness and threats to modern democracy in a sweeping speech that took clear aim at Trump - without ever mentioning him by name.

"I don't know much about him, but I know he's a blowhard. And I'm not too excited about him being a leader".

The younger Bush, however, was more "circumspect", according to the Times, and lamented over how much Trump bashed his younger brother - former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush - during the 2016 Republican primaries. His son and also a former president, George W. Bush also has a low opinion of Trump, saying Trump "fans public anger and came to office without any understanding of the job".

He also told the author of the book, Mark Updegrove, that he felt Mr Trump ran for the presidency because he had "a certain ego", in remarks reported by United States media outlets including CNN and the New York Times.

However, at the time, he thought Bush was more concerned that Clinton would win the presidency, not Trump.

This is not the first time that the younger Bush has criticised the U.S. president.

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"And it wasn't just about Hillary Clinton becoming president, as the Republican Party was having a hard time finding itself".

Updegrove said the book title came from a comment made by the younger Bush past year.

Neither the 41st or 43rd presidents voted for Mr Trump in the election. The two men, who served in the White House for a combined 20 years, revealed their assessment of the new commander-in-chief and the state of the Republican Party under his leadership in a new book.

"I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president", he told the author.

According to the book, neither Bush voted for Trump, with the elder Bush saying he voted for Hillary Clinton.

The book's author spoke with George W. Bush as Trump was sewing up the Republican nomination.

The elder Bush, Updegrove reported, counseled his son to consider "shaking up the ticket" in 2004, meaning to replace Cheney as his running mate - just as the younger Bush suggested to his father about Vice President Dan Quayle in 1992.

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